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Daily Press, Trade press, 2014-08-25, 07:56 AM

P. D. Samudra takes over as New Managing Director of Uhde India

P. D. Samudra is the new Managing Director of Uhde India Private Limited, the engineering consulting company based in Mumbai and Pune, and the Deputy CEO of the Regional Cluster for India of the parent company ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions. He succeeds Dr Benno Lueke who stayed in India from 2009 to 2014, and who has now relocated to Germany due to his appointment as CEO Chemicals and Oil & Gas Operating Unit of the Business Unit Process Technologies of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions.Though effective July 1, 2014, the official handover was formalised at an exclusive business meet of the Group’s customers, business associates and press at the Trident in Mumbai on Aug 13, 2014.

The event was addressed by Dr Hans Cristoph Atzpodien, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, to which Uhde India belongs. Congratulating Samudra on his elevation, Dr Atzpodien praised his technical and business acumen, his exceptional selling skills and the dedication to the Group for over 3 decades. ‘When we looked for a successor to Dr Lueke, we had absolutely no hesitation in selecting Mr Samudra for this position,’ said Dr Atzpodien.

For Samudra, a Chemical engineer from IIT Mumbai, who headed the Sales function at Uhde India for over 2 decades, the appointment is a remarkable achievement, as he is the first Indian to head the company since its incorporation in 1977.

Also present in the audience, were erstwhile Managing Directors of Uhde India, Dr Benno Lueke and Dr Michael Thiemann, both of whom were also singled out for praise by Dr Atzpodien in his keynote address. Dr Atzpodien went on to explain the integration and regionalization strategy currently implemented by ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions worldwide, and the decision to rename Uhde India in the very near future as ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (India) Private Limited. Dr Atzpodien stressed the high importance of the Indian market for ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and reassured the company’s associates present that the Group will continue its commitment to its customers and associates.

The speakers included Mr Dara Damania, Vice Chairman of ThyssenKrupp Industries India and CEO of the Group’s Cluster for India. In their valedictory addresses, P.D. Samudra and Dr Lueke thanked the esteemed customers and business associates for their unflagging support, and the ThyssenKrupp Group for the trust invested in Uhde India, over a number of years.

Uhde India Private Limited (UIPL) is a company in the Industrial Solutions Business area of the ThyssenKrupp Group. The company's activities focus on the engineering and construction of chemical and other industrial plants in the following fields: fertilisers; electrolysis; gas technologies; oil, coal, and residue gasification; refining technologies; organic intermediates, polymers and synthetic fibres; and also coke plant and high-pressure technologies. We also provide our customers with professional services and comprehensive solutions in all areas of industrial plant operation.

For further information, please contact :
Manish Bhoslay - Head – Business Development, Uhde India
Leroy Santos - Chief Manager – Public Relations, Business Development, Uhde India

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